Tales From The Blue Line 24 Jul29

Tales From The Blue Line 24

It had been a busy stretch. An immediate assignment “right out of the barn,” as we used to say, virtually every day. At 4:00 p.m. we’d be running to the squad straight from roll call. Better this than getting some over-the-hill day shift detective’s meaningless follow up, one of my partners used to say. And he was right. Nothing worse than finishing someone else’s work because they wanted to go home on time, or because they couldn’t figure it out themselves. So off to the wild blue we went, laughing at the other guys who had to sit and listen to someone tell them how to finish their assignment. “This one’s a...

Tales From The Blue Line 23 Jul22

Tales From The Blue Line 23

I was initially assigned to the general duty section of the Detective Bureau. We investigated every kind of major felony, but mostly kept track of burglaries in our respective areas. Three of us were assigned to the same unit, to cover the days when one of us was off. We got to be good friends, and socialized a lot. We all had young kids and typical Norman Rockwell type families. We were all married. One of our wives was a registered nurse who worked at a local hospital, the others were homemakers. We were seasoned veterans, but there are always investigations that are beyond one’s ability to anticipate. I believe it’s called...

Tales From The Blue Line 22 Jul16

Tales From The Blue Line 22

The first day that I was assigned to work a one man police squad was – different. Of course I was anxious, as all cops are under that condition. But a short while later my anxiety turned to a sort of bravado. I was young. What did I know? My assignment was in a very quiet area of Milwaukee: The south side. The homes in the area are gorgeous, mostly built in the first half of the twentieth century. Their design was based on the Old world-European style, which still populate most large American cities. Down-to-Earth type people dominated the area. There were some rundown, shanty type homes gathered in the areas where the first family...

TALES FROM THE BLUE LINE 21 Jul08

TALES FROM THE BLUE LINE 21

A gruesome murder that created many weeks of Milwaukee Journal newspaper headlines created much, much more than the description of a crime and an acknowledgment of the fear that rippled through the city. International intrigue eventually grew from the violence and the remains of a teenaged girl who lay dead in a wooded area of a small park on the city’s northwest side. The details of the ultra high emotions of everyone involved, from surviving family members of the victim to case investigators, was exposed because of the spectacular nature of the case. A beautiful, athletic, all around high achieving young woman was sexually assaulted...

TALES FROM THE BLUE LINE 20 Jul01

TALES FROM THE BLUE LINE 20

The detectives had put the murder in the cold case file some months earlier. There had been no evidence whatsoever: No witnesses, forensics, and of course, no suspects.. The victim was an elderly woman who owned a grocery store in what had slowly – but surely – become a bad part of town. She’d been murdered shortly after the store had closed for the evening, and she was apparently in the process of locking up. She’d been found dead on a stairway leading to the basement a few hours after her daughter had made her routine nighttime call to make sure that Mom was okay. After too many “no answers,” the daughter called the police,...